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I’m ba-a-a-a-ack!… The House of Representatives was in recess this past week (5/4 – 5/8), so there are no votes to report on. However, I have votes from the two previous weeks (4/20 – 4/24 and 4/27 – 5/1) to tell you about, so let’s get started. We start today with a cumulative record of 25 Fails, 13 Passes and 5 Abstains (as always, based on how I feel I would have… Read More

I think I missed a week when I was reuniting with my Drill Team buddies at Penn State, and then Congress was in recess for two weeks, but I don’t know where the fourth missing week went – but it’s been that long since I last posted about Arizona’s Congressional District 2’s Representative, the Honorable Martha McSally, and her voting record. In yesterday’s edition, though, the Arizona Daily Star had a summary of… Read More

Good Morning! Here is the reported voting record of Representative Martha McSally for the week ending last Friday (March 6). “Regular Budget for Homeland Security” [Bipartisan?] (HR 240) – This bill was a so-called “clean” funding bill for the department of Homeland Security for the remainder of the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. McSally voted FOR. I would also have voted for this bill; therefore she earns a PASS. “Rail-Passenger Budget” [Unknown]… Read More

Congress was back in session last week, and The Arizona Daily Star reported on three votes taken in the House of Representatives. Here are Representative McSally’s votes, and my verdict on each. “Higher-Education Savings Plans” [Unknown] (HR 529) – This bill expands the types of tax-free expenditures that can be made from earnings in 529 college-savings plans. According to the Star, it’s “projected to increase annual deficits by $51 million through fiscal 2025.” The bill… Read More

Well, I was wrong about when Congress was going to be in recess (I wonder if they’re outside playing in the snow?). I thought it was last week, but yesterday’s paper had the weekly voting summary for our delegation. I also learned in various ways that they *are* in recess this week – meaning that when they return, they’ll only have 4 days to fund the Department of Homeland Security without it… Read More

This is the fourth installment of the current “Path to Informed Voting” series, covering Representative McSally’s reported votes for the week ending February 6. This’ll bring me up to date for two reasons: First, the next column in the Arizona Daily Star won’t be published until Sunday; and second, Congress is in recess this week so (as far as I know) there won’t be any votes to report on anyway. At the end… Read More

Let’s see how Representative Martha McSally did for the week ending January 23, shall we? There were four votes reported in the Arizona Daily Star on Jan 25. I’ve added two bits of information this time, and will continue to use them in the future. The first is [R] for Republican-sponsored legislation, while [D] is for Democrat-sponsored bills, [I] would be for Independent, and [Unknown] if it’s not listed. The other is a… Read More

Yesterday I gave you my thoughts on how well Representative Martha McSally was actually representing *me* in the 114th Congress, based on her recorded votes for the first week of the session and giving her a pass/fail on each vote. For the week, it was 3 pass votes and 3 fails. Tonight, I’ll look at how she voted during the week ending January 16. The Arizona Daily Star listed 6 votes for that week…. Read More

The 114th Congress, to which people were (re)elected last November, was sworn in on January 6, 2015. Since then, because I didn’t vote for the current Representative from Arizona’s Second Congressional District (Col. Martha McSally, USAF (Ret)), I thought I’d start keeping track of her votes so that I’d learn more about her and determine, over the course of the next two years, whether she actually represents my interests well enough that… Read More

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